Item MS-13-49, SF Box 69, Folder 18 - Minute book of the Medical Relief Committee of Dartmouth

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Minute book of the Medical Relief Committee of Dartmouth

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  • Textual record

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MS-13-49, SF Box 69, Folder 18

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  • 1918, 1944 (Creation)
    Halifax Medical Commission. Medical Relief Committee.

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1 notebook

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At the time of the Halifax Explosion in 1917, there was no government agency in place capable of coping with such a disaster. To fill this void, the Halifax Medical Commission (HMC) was established in 1918 by the Acts of the Canadian Parliament and the Province of Nova Scotia. The Medical Relief Committee was part of this government commission. Its purpose was to care for the dependants and disabled of the Halifax Explosion. It provided restitution of property losses and continued medical treatment.

The responsibilities of the Halifax Medical Commission were transferred to the Canadian Pension Commission in 1976 to care for those still alive. It is estimated that $30 million was disbursed over this 60-year period, which included grants from the Imperial Government and the Government of Canada. In 1976, approximately $1.5 million was handed from the HMC to the Government of Canada to defray the cost of pensions.

Custodial history

Notebook was donated to the medical library at Dalhousie University by Dr. M.G. Burris of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in June 1944. The notebook was accessioned in the University Archives in 1973 (accession number 1973-084).

Scope and content

Item is a minute book kept during meetings of the Medical Relief Committee of Dartmouth. The Committee met regularly in late 1917 and 1918 to discuss the care of Dartmouth patients following the December 1917 Halifax Explosion. The minute book, which was primarily kept by Dr. M.G. Burris, details meetings of the committee and efforts to coordinate relief activities with the Medical Relief Committee of Halifax. Burris added two pages of notes in June 1944 with information on some members of the committee, Dartmouth hospitals managed by the committee, and remunerations paid by the Medical Relief Committee to physicians who treated patients.

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Notebook is water damaged.

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  • English

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Digital copy of notebook is available.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Public domain. Notebook does not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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Description created in 2003. Description revised by Creighton Barrett on October 24, 2017.

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  • English

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